Funding shortfalls undermine fragile gains made in Afghanistan: Ging

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John Ging, Director of the Coordination and Response Division in the OCHA, briefs journalists on his recent mission to Afghanistan and Pakistan. [UN Photo/JC McIlwaine]

"We are very concerned that donor funding for humanitarian operations in Afghanistan and Pakistan is falling short at a critical moment of positive transition in the region," Director of Operations for the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs John Ging told reporters at UN headquarters.

Mr. Ging said we have to make sure that everybody is aware of the humanitarian needs and the fact that in terms of stabilisation and the sustainable future for Afghanistan, there has to be the foundation of humanitarian stability on which to build the development that the country so desperately needs.

“Our humanitarian appeal at $471 million is only 38 per cent funded s we've only received $179 million so far this year and again, we have to emphasize it's about laying a platform for all of the other elements of the transition. If you don't get the humanitarian rights then you have nothing to build upon and we are appealing to our donors to redouble their focus and their generosity towards the humanitarian needs of Afghanistan as we face these very daunting challenges in the humanitarian field.”

Mr. Ging said the level of malnutrition in Afghanistan is at 59% and that's well above the threshold of 40%. He said there are 9 million Afghans that are food insecure and within that figure there are 2.1 million suffering from severe food insecurity.

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

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